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Poster: HektorT Date: Jul 20, 2011 4:49pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Request for Non-Removal?

I wouldn't look for any concrete rules that you can apply like a blanket, every case can have it's own extenuating factors, so IMHO the best practice is to look for what's being used as PD and try to determine why. On the other hand, It's a Wonderful Life was PD and has been removed from the PD. The wikipedia article does a good job of summarizing it by saying that it lost it's PD status based on this ruling.

Interestingly enough, Wonderful Life was not a buyout contract with respect to underlying rights as the PD exploiters still had to pay royalties for the underlying properties. All in all, it's a completely different deal.

That specific ruling in the link above was due to 2 factors:
1. It was a pre-1964 work that needed a copyright renewal 2. When the rights to the underlying property changed hands, the new owner refused to honor the terms of the original contract and reassign them the rights after copyright renewal, thus taking away the movie rights to the underlying property

I don't think either of those factors applies to Charade

This post was modified by HektorT on 2011-07-20 23:49:00

This post was modified by HektorT on 2011-07-20 23:49:59